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Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran states regarding freedom of expression: "the press is free to express their opinion, unless it is against the foundation of Islam or rights of the people, and the law will explain the details". (article 24, The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Iran).[1]

The details have been explained, not in legislation of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, but in an act issued by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, which names the subjects that "do not deserve to be published". For example: Renouncing the fundamentals of religion; promoting corruption; inviting the society to riot against Iran; promoting the ideas of terrorist and illegal groups and corrupted sects; defending monarchy; stimulating conflicts between the various ethnic or religious groups ; creating problems in the unity of the society and the country; mocking and weakening the national pride and nationalistic spirit, and creating an atmosphere of losing national values to the culture and civilization of western or eastern colonizing systems.[2]

Books banned in Iran[edit]

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Title Author Type of literature References and notes
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie novel
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins non-fiction
The Gods Laugh on Mondays Reza Khoshnazar novel [3]
The Monkey Whose Owner Had Died Sadeq Chubak short stories [4]
The Patient Stone Sadeq Chubak short stories [4]
The Mourners of Bayal Gholam-Hossein Saedi short stories [4]
Dandyl Gholam-Hossein Saedi short stories [4]
Fear and Chills Gholam-Hossein Saedi short stories [4]
The Ball Gholam-Hossein Saedi short stories [4]
Censoring an Iranian Love Story Shahriar Mandanipour novel [5]
Her Eyes Bozorg Alavi novel [4]
A Tombstone on a Grave Jalal Al-e-Ahmad novel [4]
Mourning for Qasem Amir Hossein Cheheltan novel [4]
The Man Lost in Dust Nosrat Rahmani poetry [4]
Complete Poems of Ahmad Shamlu Ahmad Shamlu poetry [6]
A Girl with a Silver String Jamal Mirsadeqi novel [4]
Memories of My Melancholy Whores Gabriel García Márquez translated into Persian by Kaveh Mirabasi [7]
Scorpion on the Railroad Stairways of Andimeshk, or This Train is Bleeding Sir! Hossein Mortezaeian Abkenar novel [8]
The Ceremonies of Impatience Yaghub Yadali short stories [8]
Social History of Iran Morteza Ravandi [8]
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown novel Translated by Hossin Shahrabi [9]
The Blind Owl Sadeq Hedayat novel [10]
Gay Relations in Iranian Literature Sirus Shamisa literary essay [11]
The Veiled Women and the Armoured Elite Fatemeh Marnisi history [12]
The Zahir (novel) Paulo Coelho Translated by Arash Hejazi
The Year Zero Ardalan Sarafraz novel [13]
The Shout of No Shout" Vida Hajebi [13]
Lessons to Avoid AIDS[citation needed] [14]
Poverty and Adultery Masood Dehnamaki [15]
Short Stories Sadeq Hedayat [16]
Opium Shiva Arastooi short stories [17]
The Book of Jinn Houshang Golshiri novel, [18]
He Learned from Satan and Burnt It Farkhondeh Aghaii novel [19]
Women without Men Shahrnoosh Parsipour novel [20]
The Last Temptation of Christ Nikos Kazantzakis [21]
(all books) Sadeq Hedayat [22]
Cockcrow Ebrahim Golestan short stories خروس،
The Social Contract or Principles of Political Right Jean-Jacques Rousseau [23]
Towards Destiny Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [24]
Touba and the Meaning of Night Shahrnush Parsipur novel [25]
The Inferno Dante Alighieri novel


  1. ^ Hejazi, Arash, ‘You don’t deserve to be published’ Book Censorship in Iran, LOGOS: The Journal of the World Book Community, Volume 22, Number 1, 2011, pp. 53-62(10), Archived 25 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine doi:10.1163/095796511X562644
  2. ^ [1988 Act of the Guidelines to Publish Books, by the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution of Islamic Republic of Iran]
  3. ^ [Newsweek, October 1995, page 38]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k سانسور کتاب- کارنامه یک وزیر ایرانی
  5. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (29 June 2009). "Censoring An American Love Story". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  6. ^ "شاملو هم توقيف شد". Bookfiesta literary magazine. Archived from the original on 24 February 2007.
  7. ^ خبرگزاری فارس: آخرين رمان «ماركز» توقيف شد
  8. ^ a b c روزنامه کارگزاران: هیچكس پاسخگو نیست
  9. ^ خبر بی‌بی‌سی در مورد ممنوعیت انتشار کتاب
  10. ^ خبر ممنوعیت انتشار بوف کور
  11. ^ شاهدبازی در ادبیات فارسی
  12. ^ خبر بی‌بی‌سی: جمع آوری 'زنان پرده نشین و نخبگان جوشن پوش
  13. ^ a b "گزارش جمع آوری کتاب در نمایشگاه هجدهم کتاب". Archived from the original on 4 August 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  14. ^ "گزارش جمع آوری کتاب آموزش‌های پیشگیری از ایدز". Archived from the original on 10 August 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  15. ^ گزارش جمع آوری کتاب فقر و فحشا
  16. ^ گزارش جمع آوری کتاب زنده به گور از سایت بی بی سی
  17. ^ رمان ”افیون” نوشته شیوا ارسطویی از وزارت فرهنگ ارشاد اسلامی مجوز چاپ نگرفت
  18. ^ رمان ”جن نامه” نوشته هوشنگ گلشیری از وزارت فرهنگ ارشاد اسلامی مجوز چاپ نگرفت
  19. ^ انتشار کتاب فرخنده آقایی ممنوع شد Archived 30 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ گفتگو با شهرنوش پارسی پور
  21. ^ مروری بر آثار کازانتزاکیس Archived 23 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "آيا نام اين نويسنده، انتشار كتاب را متوقف مي‌كند؟". Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  23. ^ "پیدا کردن کتاب ممنوع آسان است". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  24. ^ "کتاب خاطرات هاشمی رفسنجانی توقیف شد". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  25. ^ "Touba And The Meaning of Night". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 26 November 2013.